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Montana Supreme Court dismisses appeal in Polson rape case

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The Montana Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of Dennis Jay Hobbs of Polson, who was sentenced to 50 years in prison in 2014 for raping a woman in Lake County.

The state's top court dismissed Hobbs' appeal late last week, saying there were no arguments with potential legal merit that could be raised to appeal in this case.

Lake County District Judge James Manley sentenced Hobbs in September 2014 to 50 years in prison for rape, stalking, and tampering with witnesses. 

Hobbs was accused of hiring a hit man to kill his ex-girlfriend, in exchange for giving the killer a map to a residence filled with guns, coins and expensive items. 

But in July 2014, Hobbs reached a plea agreement with prosecutors to drop the solicitation of deliberate homicide and assault with weapon in exchange for pleading guilty to two counts of rape, stalking and tampering with evidence.

Hobbs is currently serving prison time in Idaho for false imprisonment and battery in a separate case.

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